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Eligibility and selection process for MBA

Published On: 28 Sep 2012 | Last Updated On: 18 Oct 2012

Admissions for MBA program are very competitive. After all, it is the most sought after course globally. If you are an MBA aspirant, then you are required to meet certain specific requirements to be eligible for the program. Although these requirements may vary across B-schools, like all other programs there are a few standard requirements to be met.

In order to be eligible for an MBA program in India, most institutes require a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree of three/ four years duration with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks without arrears. The bachelor’s degree must be validated by any Indian university or AICTE.  Many colleges have age limits with maximum limit upto 27 years. Some basic eligibility criteria for a few reputed institutes are listed below:

BE with 60%

IIT-SOM, NITIE, IISc, IIT-D DMS, IIT Kgp - VGSM, IIT-K

Any Graduation with 50%

IIMs, TAPMI, K.J. Somaiya, Nirma, Welingkar, NMIMS, SCMHRD, SIIB, SIBM, ICFAI, IRMA, FMS, IMT, Fore ,IMI

Any Graduation with 45%

All CET institutes (Bajaj, Sydenham, Somaiya, Welingkar, Dalmia, SIES), TISS

Only Graduation

XLRI, SP Jain, XIM-B, GIM, BIM, Loyola, XISS, ITM Navi Mumbai

Selection process

Almost all colleges in India require you to take one or more of the following mentioned entrance tests:

  • CAT(Common Aptitude Test- conducted by IIMs)
  • MAT(Management Aptitude Test-conducted by AIMA)
  • CMAT(Common Management Admission Test- AICTE)

Most reputed colleges also have their own entrance tests, for example: NMAT(Narsee Monjee Aptitude Test) for entry into Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) for Symbiosis International University and for entry into Xavier’s School of management (XLRI) one must appear for the XAT(Xavier Aptitude Test). However, many B-schools accept either one of these major tests to be taken in order to gain admissions. CMATis conducted for entry to AICTE approved institutes, IBSAT(ICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test) for admission to ICFAI University Group, IIFT  for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and IRMA  for entrance to Institute of Rural Management. Apart from this various states also conduct their own state level entrance tests called CET (Common Entrance Test) such as MHCET, GCET, OMAT, KMAT and UPMACAT.

Various B-schools have different selection processes. However most B-schools have two-staged selection process:

  • Paper-pencil based test/computer-based test
  • Group Discussion, Essay writing and Personal Interview

B-schools conduct entrance test. The mode of these tests can be either paper-pencil based or computer-based. The paper pattern for both the modes remains same. The test is mostly of 2 to 3 hour duration comprising of 60-180 questions. The exam checks candidate’s aptitude basically in 7 areas namely – Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Reasoning/Logical Ability, Data Sufficiency and General Awareness. The test is designed so as to check candidate’s basic concepts as well as to know how fast one is able to apply those concepts to the questions. These tests also check one’s time management skills.

After qualifying the entrance exams, candidates are required to appear for next rounds of admission process. Most B-schools hold group discussion and personal interview round (GD & PI) after the written exam. Premier B-schools including IIMs’ also have an essay writing round. Apart from the aforementioned rounds and levels of selection, other parameters that are generally focused on are:

  • Academic record
  • Work experience
  • Achievement (non-academic)
  • Extra-curricular activities

However, each selection parameter carries some weightage and each institute assigns a different rate of importance to every parameter. The average weightage given to each parameter by most of the B-schools are:

  • Written test (for interview shortlist): 50 – 80%
  • Written test (for final admissions shortlist): 30 – 50%
  • GD/Essay performance: 10 – 20%
  • Interview performance: 20 – 40%
  • Academic record & extra-curricular activities: 5 – 15%
  • Work experience: 5 – 10%

Candidates must start their preparation for entrance test well in advance in order to excel in these exams. To guide you on MBA preparation we are providing you details of MBA entrance exams, coaching institutes and preparatory books.

For specific IIM eligibilities please check here

Conclusion

Source: Official website of TIME/Career Launcher

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